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The GMO debate

            As the debate rages on, one thing is for certain: the first casualty of the war has been the truth.  While I respect the opinion of both sides in the debate, and count many of them—again on both sides—as friends, one thing that has been lacking is scientific proof.             We are repeatedly hearing […]

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A salute to the young farmers and ranchers

At  the Roseburg, Oregon  youth livestock auction on August 10, Auctioneer Stan Deupree made a very positive comment about the young people involved in 4H and FFA programs.  He told the Douglas County sheriff that these youngsters were the type that ride in the front seat, opposed to the back seat, cuffed and stuffed.  Sheriff […]

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Thank God I’m a Country Boy 31412

Thank God I’m a Country Boy 31412

I opened the door this morning and my hawk flew up from the driveway into a nearby Oak tree.  I say “my” hawk not because I own it, but because it lives here during the summer months.  I’m not sure where it goes during the winter, but south would be a good guess, giving as […]

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Speaking of Greenhouse gasses

Former Vice President Al Gore’s positions on climate change came under fire at Apple’s annual shareholders meeting on Thursday when a non-profit group accused Gore, an Apple board member, of using his position to influence Apple’s public stand on global warming. Representatives of the conservative think tank National Center for Public Policy Research — which […]

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Across the back fence

I guess is should come as no shock that USDA is cutting expenses–and closing offices– in an attempt to make up some $150 million of their total $145 billion Budget.  Three of those offices to be closed will be in Oregon. Many employees have been furloughed or retired early in an attempt to close the […]

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WE are better than this

WE are better than this

We’re better than this   As we begin 2012, a new year, usually filled with promise, most look forward to what the year might bring.  Normally, plans have been laid and we begin to work toward accomplishing those goals. This year, somehow seems different. There is a great deal more talk of doom and gloom […]

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USDA has announced that nine counties in Kansas are natural disasters areas due to drought conditions.  In addition, 16 neighboring counties can apply for aid also because they have been hit hard too. In the same report the government also pronounced several counties in Missouri so have been hit hard.  They too, are eligible for […]

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All You Do Is Plant a Seed . . .

I found this letter written by someone who has found that agriculture, while rewarding, can become hard work.     Farming community faces immense hurdles everyday Have you ever thought about where your food comes from? I didn’t – until I started working in the agriculture industry nine years ago. I had a number of […]

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“Thank God I’m a Country Boy.”

Thank God I’m a Country Boy   Early in 2011, we moved my Father-in-Law up to live with us in southern Oregon.  I remember one of the first things he said after getting to see the sky.   “The sky is so blue,” he said.  evidently they don’t have many blue sky days in the […]

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Jackson County Expo Under Fire

The Following is a guest editorial from Former Jackson County Fair Board Member, John Dimick.  Dimick served 22 years as a member of the Jackson County Fairboard, 8 years on the Oregon County Fair Commission and 6 years with the Oregon State Fair Advisory Committee. He continues to actively judge livestock at fairs across Oregon. In 2010, […]

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